In the weeks since Penn State, one statistic keeps turning up in the media. It’s scary, it’s ubiquitous, it’s meant to stampede people into things like universal mandatory reporting – and it’s wrong.
It’s the one about how, supposedly, one-in-four girls and one-in-six boys will be victims of child sexual abuse.
Ever wonder why, in all the scores of news stories, editorials and op ed columns where this stat turns up nobody seems to cite an actual study? Maybe it’s because of what the study actually reveals.
Our full analysis is on NCCPR’s Monthly Blog at the trade journal Youth Today.